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Just days after being let go from New Zealand’s X Factor, Natalia Kills has spoken out about her nasty comments that got her the boot.

Kills’ critique of contestant Joe Irvine’s performance on March 15 went viral as she called Irvine a doppelganger of her husband and fellow judge, Willy Moon, saying she was disgusted by how much Irvine copied Moon. “Do you not have any value or respect for originality? You’re a laughingstock. It’s cheesy, it’s disgusting,” she said.

Viewers and celebrities angrily tweeted about the British singer’s comments, while others reached out to Irvine personally to offer support – he even received cupcakes from Lorde. A petition was even created to convince X Factor executives to take Kills off the show. Not long after the backlash, Kills was dismissed from the show, along with Moon.

In an interview with MTV Australia, Kills responded to the situation. “I feel like everyone needs to put the idea of it being a manufactured conspiracy theory behind them, there’s really nothing to it,” she said.

Despite the repercussions of her and Moon’s comments, Kills has expressed gratitude for the fans that have stuck behind her.

“There are many sides to this story and I am not about to get an entire industry in trouble that has been going on for years and years entertaining the masses, so thank you absolutely everyone for your support,” she continued. “Thank you to my husband. … I would like to wish Joe Irvine and my boys category all the best on the show.”

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